Giants rumors: Brandon Jacobs could return to New York

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Free agent running back Brandon Jacobs could return to the New York Giants, as the team has not yet eliminated him from consideration.

The New York Giants have not closed the door on free agent running back, according to the New York Post. Citing a source with knowledge of the situation, they caution that there have not been any formal discussions between Jacobs and the team, but that they have not taken him off of their radar just yet.

Jacobs, who hit the free agent market when he was released by the San Francisco 49ers, has not had many visits this offseason. He's part of what was already a weak running back class and had almost no production in 2012 to help him find a job.

In fact, Jacobs called his 2012 season a waste, and said that he was "rotting away," with the 49ers, posting a picture of himself in Giants uniform on Instagram. It was just one of many complaints after he failed to impress the San Francisco coaching staff to earn his way to a job over Kendall Hunter, rookie LaMichael James and Anthony Dixon behind Frank Gore.

He had just five carries for seven yards with the 49ers in 2012, playing in just two games. Prior to that, he had 571 yards and seven touchdowns for the Giants in 2011. Jacobs totaled 4,849 yards with the Giants between 2005-2011, with 56 touchdowns.

He's been a short-yardage back his whole career, but things have been downhill since his breakout 2008 season, in which he had 1,089 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also had a per-carry average of 5.0 yards that season. In 2010, he actually improved on that with a 5.6 yards per carry mark, but dropped to 3.8 in 2012, which led to him signing with San Francisco.

Jacobs is on the wrong side of 30 and doesn't likely have a whole lot left in the gas tank. However, the Giants might find some value in him as a short-yardage back like before, especially after releasing Ahmad Bradshaw, who iniitally took Jacobs' starting job. David Wilson is now the starting running back, but behind him is essentially wide open, and Jacobs may be able to find his niche if he comes in at the right price, which will likely be close to the veteran's minimum.

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